In which I admit to finding a shifter fantasy with romantic elements actually really, really enjoyable (because it’s not normally my sort of thing at all), and delight in the discovery of some very unconventional vampires.
The False Moon is the second book in Jacqueline Rohrbach’s Immutable Moon series, and it’s entirely as enjoyable as the first. I read both on the recommendation of the lovely Anna Kaling (be warned if you jump to that link – there is an entire blog on the front page of her website dedicated to the erotic adventures of a paperclip. It’s… an experience to read), and I’m entirely happy I did.
Now, as most of you are aware, I’m not a huge romance reader, and a lot of the current shifter and paranormal romance have me reaching for a Pratchett or King to bat them away with. But. But. This is clever, funny, loaded with puns, and the werewolves in question are less seductive and glamorous, more varying degrees of narcissistic and/or incompetent. And that’s before we even get to the vampires, who are possibly my favourite thing in both books. Except for Garvey’s “wife”, who is hilarious and wonderful.
There’s also a fantastic origin story for both werewolves and vampires which I really want to learn more about, and will definitely be picking up the next book to see if there’s more to come on it. As mentioned in the video, I didn’t quite grasp the intricacies of the werewolf clan infighting, but that may be due to me being a bit on the sleepless side while reading. It may all come clear later on, and it’s not enough of an issue to stop me recommending these for anyone looking for a fun read with a dash of believable romance.
(PS I adore the little furry muse’s expression in the thumbnail for this vid. And no, I don’t know what she was doing.)
Over to you, lovely people – have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you have any other funny or non-typical werewolf and/or vampire stories to recommend to me? Let me know below!